Andrea Freed, Location-Based Solutionary Coach

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During Andrea’s 30+ years of being an educator of fifth grade through university pre-service and in-service teachers, her passion for social and environmental justice influenced her teaching. Before entering the field of formal education, she was employed by the U.S. Forest Service in Quinault, WA as a naturalist. She spent many nights listening for spotted owls to determine where forest corridors were needed to create connections of fragmented habitats. Later, she joined the fire crew and has always believed that her work as a forest firefighter prepared her for the classroom.

Andrea has an undergraduate degree in botany from Connecticut College with a minor in dance. After time in the classroom, she pursued her Ph.D. at the University of WA, Seattle in science and multicultural education. Her passion for teaching about environmental and social justice was supported by her graduate work.                                                                                                                                

Andrea has moved into a part-time high school teaching position that includes life science, health & wellness, mindful yoga, a changemakers & solutionaries elective, and is acting as an advisor for the Civil Rights Team and the Environmental Club. When not in the classroom, she is working with Maine teachers as a Solutionary Micro-Credential Program Coach. In the words of David Orr, “Hope is a verb with its sleeves rolled up.” Andrea looks forward to working with teachers as they roll up their sleeves and support students in implementing solutionary projects.

When time allows, Andrea enjoys gardening, walking in nature or curling up with a good book.